Rafa Benitez took part in his weekly pre-match press conference today ahead of Sunday’s game at Brighton and suggested that NUFC new boy Florian Lejeune will miss out after ankle treatment.
The Frenchman has only featured once this season, starting on the opening day against Spurs, however he was forced off after a late challenge from Harry Kane saw him leave St. James’ Park on crutches.
He suffered ankle ligament damage and, after missing Huddersfield and West Ham, he has been an unused substitute in wins over Swansea and Stoke.
We had expected him to be back in the squad once again for our trip to Brighton on Saturday, however Benitez has confirmed he is ‘having treatment’ on his ankle once again, with Shields Gazette reports Miles Starforth claiming Lejeune WILL miss Sunday’s game:
Rafa says Florian Lejeune has "a little discomfort in his ankle" and Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are still injured #NUFC
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) September 22, 2017
Florian Lejeune will miss the Brighton game because of an injury. #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) September 22, 2017
Not a big concern for us given the form of Lascelles and Clark (who I would’ve expected to start anyway), but hopefully Lejeune can return to full fitness soon enough. He was hugely impressive over pre-season and could bring an air of class and calmness to the back four if his previous displays are anything to go off.